I was really excited when I had the opportunity to get a free copy of this book to review for Thomas Nelson. This is such a fun book. It isn't deep parenting advice by any means, but more real and humorous advice from a mom who has been there. She compiles ideas on everything having to do with raising a toddler from how to deal with bedtime and tantrums, to how to get your kids to eat healthy. She never came across as if her way was the only way which was so refreshing, and I loved that she subscribes to the theory that you need to do what works for your family. It was light hearted and fun, and if you have a toddler you will definitely enjoy it.
This was a fun book for getting fun ideas in how to deal with toddler-dom. I have a current two-year-old, and though he has an older sibling, this was helpful to me. Macpherson is humorous and "real" in her stories and situations, which I definitely appreciate. I especially liked the different lists that were at a bulletpoint glance to look back through for future reference. She is equally candid about how it is hard to be a parent of a toddler and the situations that suddenly come up because of said toddler's independence.
I also liked how she recognized she was not an expert by any means, and often called in more so-called experts for different topics such as nutrition and potty-training. My favorite lists of ideas were in the getting kids to eat (always a hard feat at my house) and things you can do at home to engage learning with toddlers. My little guy loves learning and full of curiosity so excited to try some of her ideas.
Overall, this was a fun, easy-to-read book that I will find helpful. Is it the cure all to all ailments with my toddler? No, but it gives some fun new ideas that can help make the passage more pleasurable.
It was a very fast and entertaining read with tons of humor, tips and encouragement on parenting toddlers with a Christian perspective. I feel like it gave me a realistic expectation for the toddler years, but also gave me lots of useful information to fall back on.
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I would highly recommend this book if you are (or will be) the parent of a toddler. These years can be very trying and this book makes me feel like I'm not alone. I know that no book has the magical formula for parenting, but I throughly enjoyed reading The Christian Mama's Guide to Parenting A Toddler and look forward to reading more of Erin's books in The Christian Mama's Guide Series.
The Christian Mama's Guide to Parenting a Toddler is very helpful and I love all the tips that Erin gives! I have a 4 yr. old boy and 22 month old girl and this book is so relatable to where my kids are in their growth and development. My daughter was such an angel until about 2 months ago when she started stomping her feet and throwing herself on the floor (dramatically) when she didn't get her way and I thought, "Oh boy, here come the terrible twos. She's not a baby anymore. She's a toddler." It's hard transitioning from a Mama of a baby to a Mama of a toddler and Erin's book is a nice guide to help make that transition go smoothly. One of my favorite parts in the book is the "Time-Out" for Mom that's found in each chapter because every one has a specific bible verse and prayer for Mama. Bringing your request, issue or pain point that you're having with your child to the Lord FIRST is the best place to start! Another great thing is all the lists that apply to different situations: how to discipline and deal with tantrums, what to feed your (picky?!) toddler, how to talk about Jesus with your child, ways to keep them active, how to deal with bedtime and naps, and the list goes on. It's informative and helps you know that you're not the only Mama with a toddler that won't eat broccoli anymore even though she used to LOVE it, or a toddler that now says, "No," to every question you ask when she used to be so helpful and a great listener. Erin makes all the issues "fun" with her wit and sense of humor. If you are a Christian Mama with a toddler, you should definitely read this book.
The Christian Mama's Guide To Parenting A Toddler by Erin MacPherson includes topics from getting your child to eat healthier, to teaching a love of learning, to getting back to date night with your husband. Each chapter covers a specific topic and give tips relating to that topic, along with a Bible verse and prayer.
I have to say, I really enjoyed this book. While I did not agree with everything the author said (ex. didn't like some of her suggestions on dealing with toddler tantrums), she included a ton of tips and ideas that I would like to try. Her writing style is easy to read, and I found myself laughing and relating to her stories all the way through the book.
When you are a toddler mom it's easy to wonder if you are doing anything right, but she tells it like it is in this book in a fun way. I left feeling encouraged and normal, and like I'm not alone. As I said, even though I didn't agree with everything she said, I would recommend this book just because it was so fun to read, and I think I may look into some of the other books in the "Christian Mama's Guide" series.
Note: I received this book for free from Booksneeze in exchange for this review. THis is my honest opinion.